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Having an ice cold tropical cocktail always makes me feel like I am on a little vacation. Even if I am just hanging around in my own back yard, a frosty cold drink is so relaxing.
In Florida there are a lot of places that serve the tropical drink Bahama Mama and it is one of my absolute favorites.
Back here in New Jersey, it's not so easy to find a good Bahama Mama,to go along with your dining experience, and some places don't even make them. So I have tried several different recipes myself to come up with what I think is the best.
I've shared my Mojito recipe with you before in this post here so let me share with you what i think is truly the best Bahama Mama recipe around.
In a blender:
1 1/2 oz Zacapa premium rum
1 oz coconut rum
1/2 oz grenadine
2 oz orange juice
1 oz pineapple jc
6 ice cubes
Blend until frosty
The secret that makes this recipe the best is the Zacappa brand premium dark rum. The reason is they have a very special way of making this rum. I have read that the process used in aging this rum is absolutely like no other. Zacapa is acknowledged to be the world's best tasting rum.
The story behind it is rather interesting.
In 1976 in Guatemala, the town of Zacapa was celebrating it's centenary celebration and this is when it gave birth to the world best tasting rum. The terrain just west of this area produces quality sugar cane. This is the cane used by Zacapa for it's rum. But the difference is, where most rums are made from molasses, which is a by product of the sugar making process, Zacapa uses only the first press of sugar cane otherwise known as virgin sugar cane honey.
They also have a unique aging process, one which was first developed by the Spaniards 500 years ago to age Sherry, high up on a mountain in a place called the House above the Clouds. This location is 2300 meters above sea level, Each drop of this fine rum passes through huge vessels that previously housed American Whiskey, Oloroso Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez wines. It is these vessels that impart an extremely distinctive flavor to the rum, making it the finest in the world.
The rum has won awards from different international competitions.
Early Zacapa bottles came in a bottle covered in a handwoven matting made from palm leaves which dates from the Mayan period
There is even a society of Zacapa lovers, which once you try my Mojito or Bahama Mama recipe, you might just become.
You can join the Zacapa society by simply registering here http://bit.ly/pvKdC9
When you become a member of the Zacapa society you will learn exclusive details about this brand of rum and will receive the opportunity to enjoy fantastic gifts and prizes along the way, and who doesn't love a prize?
Interestingly enough Zacapa is currently looking for talented writers and bloggers, to share with others the wonderful story of this distinctive premium dark rum and it's aging process.
As I sit in my little backyard Hacienda, sipping my delicious Bahama Mama made with the best tasting rum in the world, watching the sun sparkle across the pool, I realize it's a really good life!